A Conservative Peer is attempting to thwart governmental plans
for same-sex partnerships in religious premises, according to
As reported on DIVA earlier this year,
coalition leader David Cameron recently introduced legislation
which allows same-sex couples to have civil ceremonies in churches,
synagogues and mosques from 2012.
No venue is obliged to permit gay ceremonies, meaning the system
is completely opt-in for more liberal faith groups.
But, according to The Independent, the move is now being opposed
by Tory Peers - namely Baroness O'Cathain.
She apparently believes that the new law would not properly
protect faith groups from being "compelled" to register civil
partnerships against their beliefs.
There are said to be several Peers who support O'Cathain.
The move will be an embarrassment for Cameron, who - just weeks
ago - fully supported full
gay marriage at the Conservative Party conference.
DIVA has contacted both LGBT Labour and LGBTory for a
Paul Martin O.B.E, Chief Executive of the Lesbian & Gay
Foundation said: "Just when we thought that same-sex couples would
be enjoying their commitment to one another being legally
recognised in religious premises by the end of the year, this
happens, it's a real blow for lesbian, gay and bisexual
"This move highlights that opponents of lesbian, gay and bisexual
equality will use any legislation to try and derail the legislative
"We hope this group is a minority voice in this debate, as the
House of Lords becomes more diverse and the advocates of equality.
It's vital that the House of Lords vote for progress and back Civil
Partnerships on religious premises.
"Also, we encourage you the public to take action and lobby the
members of the House of Lords to vote for equality. We as a
community, and our supporters, must use our voices and our rights
to safeguard our protections and move equality forward."
"The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are encouraging people to contact
the members of the House of Lords and urge them to vote for
progress and equality and back Civil Partnerships on religious
The forthcoming consultation on same-sex marriage is expected to
begin in March, next year.